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  • Summary: Duke it out with your favorite Nintendo characters in Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Wii U.
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  1. Positive: 76 out of 77
  2. Negative: 0 out of 77
  1. Hyper Magazine
    Feb 9, 2015
    100
    It's everything I wanted it to be, and Melee's true successor. [Issue#257, p.60]
  2. Dec 1, 2014
    100
    With Smash Bros. for Wii U, Nintendo offers a meticulous and generous game, technically stunning and with an indestructible replay value, whether playing alone or with friends, in local or online multiplayer. If entertainment is a science, Smash Bros. for Wii U deserves the Nobel.
  3. Nov 19, 2014
    98
    Some thirteen years after Melee’s release, Nintendo has finally formulated an experience which compares appreciably to the masterpiece that we all love (and many of us still play). Whether for fun or for glory, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the follow-up Smash fans have been anticipating since.
  4. Nov 19, 2014
    92
    If you want a fighting game that is easy to get into and even easier to enjoy Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the only fighting game you need to have.
  5. Dec 15, 2014
    90
    Super Smash Bros. is dressed with Nintendo’s best tradition and makes each combat frenetic and a page of the company's history.
  6. Nov 25, 2014
    90
    Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is an expertly crafted, deep fighter that is a pure joy to play no matter your skill level.
  7. Dec 4, 2014
    70
    The core mechanic from the original game is still there, but it feels more refined and polished than before. Though the amiibo integration feels like an after-thought it's still a fun party game to play with your friends.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 456
  1. Nov 21, 2014
    10
    Amazing game, may even be the first time a smash game gets a goty award as it is filled with content a ton of new modes and characters( 8Amazing game, may even be the first time a smash game gets a goty award as it is filled with content a ton of new modes and characters( 8 player smash is awesome) and stages. It is truly a next gen game.
    I think everyone knew this would be hit with awesome review scores however the real test is how much it helps the wii u, and I hope it helps it a lot
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  2. Dec 2, 2014
    10
    Not many fighting games appeal to casuals and professionals as much as the super smash bros games have. This newest iteration extends beyondNot many fighting games appeal to casuals and professionals as much as the super smash bros games have. This newest iteration extends beyond the appeal of the previous games to a great extent. The balancing is done wonderfully to the point where weaknesses were very subtle. Along with the balancing the pacing of this game meshes a perfect medium between the blurringly fast melee and the floatingly slow brawl making this the ultimate competitive iteration! The content added is tremendous and allows players who look for its party/casual aspect will be beyond satisfied with the content along with the addition of 8 player mode making it truly the ultimate party game! It would be truly a mistake to miss out on this gem of a game! Expand
  3. Nov 8, 2015
    10
    Amazing game, the amount of content in the game is not only plentiful, but overwhelming almost (in a good way). Balancing is best ever inAmazing game, the amount of content in the game is not only plentiful, but overwhelming almost (in a good way). Balancing is best ever in smash bros history. (Still need to Nerf Sheik though) So much fun playing for Casual and Competitive play. Recommend it for everyone. Expand
  4. Nov 23, 2014
    10
    Absolutely perfect game, with huge amount of content. Very well polished, the level of details are stunning. See all this beloved charactersAbsolutely perfect game, with huge amount of content. Very well polished, the level of details are stunning. See all this beloved characters united makes a wonderful experience that only Nintendo is capable of. The graphics are crisp and the animations are very fluid. There´s a lot of things for everyone to enjoy in this game. I love it, my wife loves it and my 5 years son is absolutely in love with it. Every Wii U owner must have this. Expand
  5. Apr 22, 2016
    9
    e querido hacer esta review desde hace mucho tiempo, el juego es exelente, tanto gameblay, graficas, multiplayer, son extraordinarios lo únicoe querido hacer esta review desde hace mucho tiempo, el juego es exelente, tanto gameblay, graficas, multiplayer, son extraordinarios lo único que no me gusto fue que eliminaron el modo historia ya que para mi gusto, era muy agradable, el online funciona a la perfeccion, puede que tengas lag al hacer un final smash o cuando varios jugadores mueren sucesivamente pero nada demasiado grave para arruinar la experiencia Expand
  6. Jan 21, 2015
    9
    So here we are: over fifteen years after its debut on the Nintendo 64, Super Smash Bros. went from interesting oddity to one of gaming'sSo here we are: over fifteen years after its debut on the Nintendo 64, Super Smash Bros. went from interesting oddity to one of gaming's premier franchises. As expected, this Wii U version is a collection of superlatives: Smash never looked better, never featured so many characters, never offered so many gameplay modes, and (perhaps most importantly) was never quite as crazy as it is here.

    If you’re new to the series, here’s all you need to know: Smash is about having every big Nintendo game star, as well as a few important mascots from third parties, battling it out in crazy free-for-all bouts. To sweeten the deal even more, you'll be able to grab famous items from past games (such as Mario's mushrooms, Kirby's star wand or Earthbound's Franklin badge) and use them to defeat your foes, as well as summon literally hundreds of other characters from in-game trophies and poké-balls to help you out. It's deliciously chaotic, but also features a lot of depth in its controls; so much so that a sizeable part of the fanbase is made of cutthroat tournament players, who will eschew the game's more quirky aspects (such as items and variable stage designs) in order to get a more streamlined one-on-one fighting experience.

    I gotta be honest and admit that the hardcore tournament side of the franchise doesn't interest me much, so I won't be able to comment on that and still know what I'm talking about. What I do enjoy, however, is how crazy Smash can get when all you want to do is have some friends over and battle the day away. Every character has the same set of move commands, so the game is relatively easy to just pick up and play. The results of each command, however, will vary immensely from one fighter to the next, making it quite a joy to explore the 40-plus character roster.

    Speaking of the roster, one of the best side aspects of Smash is how it gets every nostalgia muscle tingling. There's just something about seeing Mario and Sonic go at each other (something that would be unthinkable back in the time I started gaming). When, say, Mega Man and Donkey Kong join in, it just becomes the sort of thing that would blow the mind of young me. The game also features a host of trophies to collect, representing characters (from the usual superstars to long-forgotten sidekicks), items, and, uh, assorted inanimate objects, such as a can from Hogan's Alley. Better yet: every trophy comes with an accompanying paragraph of text explaining the origins of whatever's being represented. It's the kind of attention to detail that makes me pore over a title for more than its gameplay.

    As you may know, Smash for Wii U has no shortage of modes to conquer and things to do. Aside from regular Smash battles and the trophy gallery, you have a music player with dozens of tunes from old games (even if some of them are re-arranged in unfortunate ways), a fun board-game mode, a very handy (if sometimes laggy) online mode, and more alternate ways to play than I could list here from memory. Of course, there's also amiibo integration, allowing you to summon whichever figurines you have with you to join the battle and level up accordingly. It's a cool little feature, even if it doesn't really amount to much.

    Customization of characters and stages is also available, and it's one of the features that had me most excited prior to getting the game. The character creator works perfectly, allowing you to create fighters out of every Mii you have on your console, and customize each one with different moves and characteristics. The stage creator, on the other hand, was my biggest disappointment here. While it puts the gamepad to very good use, the options are very limited when it comes to actually crafting your stage, with just a few background options instead of a fully-customized editor. There are cool things you can do with it, but sadly there's no easy way to share your creations online, which further dampens its appeal.

    As you can see, yes, Smash for Wii U features a nearly intimidating number of features, and it gets the vast majority of them absolutely right. Be it playing against the computer, online opponents, three other friends on your couch, or, ahem, up to seven others in eight-player battles (trust me, it's one of the most hilarious experiences you can have with any video game, ever), the game oozes the kind of wide-eyed fun that is the very reason most of us play video games in the first place. It's poised to be one of the evergreen masterpieces of this generation, and it's an absolute must-buy.

    Rating: 9.5
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  7. May 18, 2017
    0
    Yet another wii u game that fails in a beloved franchise. The single player modes are utter crap, the gamepad is a terrible controller forYet another wii u game that fails in a beloved franchise. The single player modes are utter crap, the gamepad is a terrible controller for smash bros, and they added so many awful characters (dark pit shouldn't take up a character slot, and villager wtf?) and stages (except the skyloft and windy hill zone). Even if you are a smash bros fan I don't recommend this game. Expand

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